Roasted Mushroom Ravioli

Roasted mushroom ravioli – From Leonard Labriola’s Italian Store on Freeport Road.

I boiled it in salted water first. Seven minutes maybe. Drained. Sautéed in pan with chopped portabellas cooked in olive oil and a bit of butter and garlic.

Sandcastle at Brookfield Place NYC Guest blog

My sister sent this photo from Brookfield Place

The castle was built by Sand Sculptor Matt Long for this Sand Celebration now until August 14th.

Click his name to see more of his amazing sand sculptures.

New York City Sandcastle

Hydrangeas in Shade and Sun

This hydrangea bush was in Joan’s garden when she moved into her home in 1973. She’s done nothing to feed it.

In shade
In sun snd shade

“The name hydrangea comes from the Greek words “hydor” meaning water and “angos” meaning vessel. Which together roughly translate to “water barrel”. This is because of the fact that hydrangeas are notorious for needing lots of water and the cup shaped flowers. The name, Hortensia, is a Latin version of the French word Hortense.” From Plant Addicts website

In sun

A Prancing Lamb

A vintage ceramic prancing lamb has been in my friend’s home at least fifty years and in her mother’s home long before that.

I visited my friend Tookie today to share our knitting projects progress and sit on her front porch.

We even talked about our gratitude for sheep and the wool they provide for our use. The. She showed me this vintage ceramic lamb. We checked it out on eBay to get more information on Kay Finch.

There’s a book by Mike Nickel about Kay Finch Ceramics going for $99.99 on eBay.

Kay Finchh “Kay Finch Ceramics were made in Corona Del Mar, California, from 1935 to 1963”

The Prancing Lamb by Kay Finch Ceramics
A close up
A faint mark on the underbelly

You Can’t Look Away

More yard art down the block from Laura’s house. In the afternoon sun. An eclectic mix. A few crops below, so you don’t miss the details. I took just one quick shot cause I wanted to get home before dark.

The Overall view
Details of Barbie car passengers
Yes, there’s a crocheted vehicle
Bowling ball garden
Mr. Magoo among the Dwarves

Mechanical Bank Yard Art

Spotted Monday afternoon, as I got into my car. I was leaving Columbus to return home to Pittsburgh. You know I’ve got that July Fourth birthday as an undercurrent theme so it caught my eye. I might be one of the few people who own an Uncle Sam nutcracker. It looked like the kind of item one would take to The Antique Road Show for appraisal but there it was, glued to a stone.

Matchbooks

Matchbooks used to be found in abundance at restaurants.

“A matchbook is a small paperboard folder enclosing a quantity of matches and having a coarse striking surface on the exterior.” Wikipedia

I found this matchbook when I visited my family.

Do you have a collection of interesting matchbooks?